8695.000 Monopsis Salisb.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate (in ours). Flowers resupinate (in ours), in racemes or solitary in leaf axils, zygomorphic. Bracteoles conspicuous, resembling small leaves. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla 2-lipped (in ours), with upper lip 2-lobed, lower 3-lobed. Stamens 5; anthers united into a tube; all of them penicillate at the tip, the two lateral ones somewhat longer than the others and with shorter hairs at tip. Ovary inferior or ± so, 2-locular. Stigma lobes with a ring of hairs present on the style below. Fruit a capsule dehiscing by 2 apical valves or ± indehiscent.

Derivation of name: mono- (Gr.) = single; -opsis = resembling; referring to the fact that the flowers of most species in this genus look the same. (Clarke, Charters & Moll-Ed., 225, 2016).

Worldwide: 18 species in tropical and South Africa

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Monopsis decipiens

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
decipiens (Sond.) ThulinN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
zeyheri (Sond.) ThulinN,W,C,E,SDescription

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Flora of Botswana: Monopsis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Monopsis
Flora of Malawi: Monopsis
Flora of Mozambique: Monopsis
Flora of Zambia: Monopsis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Monopsis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Monopsis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Monopsis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Monopsis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Monopsis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Monopsis
JSTOR Plant Science: Monopsis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Monopsis
Plants of the World Online: Monopsis
Tropicos: Monopsis
Wikipedia: Monopsis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Monopsis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1459, retrieved 12 June 2024

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